Minnesota Governor Tim Walz Proclaims May 11th Clean Drain Dry Day To Help Stop the Spread of Invasive Species

May 7th, 2024
Zach Burnside – Invasive Species Program Manager

White Bear Lake, MN – Governor Tim Walz along with Wildlife Forever and DNR Commissioner Sarah Strommen, proclaim Saturday, May 11th as Minnesota Clean Drain Dry Day. With the Minnesota Fishing Opener serving as the official start to fishing and boating season, people are reminded to check their boats and help prevent the spread of invasive species.

Clean Drain Dry Day serves as an early season reminder for boaters and anglers to check all watercraft before and after launch. Invasive species often spread on watercraft trailers, in boat hulls, docks and lifts. As the open water boating and fishing season heats up, being diligent to follow the Clean Drain Dry steps will help prevent further spread.

“Our lakes and rivers are what makes Minnesota a top tourism destination. Simple things like self-inspecting your boat and using watercraft cleaning stations at the access to Clean Drain and Dry goes a long way to prevent the spread,” said Zach Burnside, Invasive Species Manager for Wildlife Forever.

Do your part this fishing and boating season: Clean, Drain, and Dry all boats, trailers, and gear. And remember to Trash Unused Bait or bring water from home to preserve minnows and leaches.

View the Conservation Proclamation here: https://www.wildlifeforever.org/2024/05/06/2024-clean-drain-dry-day-proclamation/

The Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ is a state and national public awareness campaign to educate outdoor recreational users on how to prevent the spread of invasive species. Access based solutions such as watercraft cleaning equipment, modern signage, and coordinated messaging, focuses on strategic content, marketing communications, and outreach & educational tools.

To learn how your organization can participate in the statewide public service campaign,
contact: Zach Burnside at ZBurnside@WildlifeForever.org